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This is a samba release by extremely competent performers. Clarisse, an experienced singer in years of nightly performances, arranger/pianist Cristóvão Bastos, and a whole set of genuine samba performers also very well acquainted with recording studios make this a must-have album for those interested in Carioca culture. Along with the lyrical renditions of medium-tempo sambas-canção, Clarisse interprets here the genre of which bossa nova is only a style, the samba. The album also covers the musical diversity of Rio's nightclubs environment: opening with an up-tempo, wild samba, the album also brings trombones reminiscent of gafieiras, cavaquinhos, cuícas, and general percussion faithful to the hills tradition, hot Northeastern baião grooves, Carioca choros, doleful voice/guitar duets in ad-lib tempo, bolero-like arrangements, even a swing ballad, forming a faithful picture of a true living, breathing Rio.

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